“…a rather more human view of events than is often the case.”

THE RISE AND FALL OF THE JAPANESE IMPERIAL NAVAL AIR SERVICE

“The book has two main strengths. First is the author’s great knowledge of the individuals behind most developments in the Japanese Imperial Air Service, from the policy makers to the technicians and engineers who designed the aircraft. We thus get a rather more human view of events than is often the case.

The second comes in the second half of the war, as the Americans begin to close in on Japan. Here the rather breathless writing style comes into its own, and we get a feel of a scene of panic and impending doom as new aircraft designs fail to live up to expectations, and the unreal atmosphere in which aircraft projects that couldn’t produce any results before 1946 or 1947 are approved as the Americans close in on the Home Islands.”

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“An immensely detailed account…

THE RISE AND FALL OF THE JAPANESE IMPERIAL NAVAL AIR SERVICE

“An immensely detailed account of how the Imperial Japanese Government embraced the concept of Air Power and how they developed Naval Aviation from before WW1 to the final defeat in 1945. This book is a triumph for Peter Edwards’ son Richard.”

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Guadalcanal Campaign August 1942 to February 1943

USS Wasp hit by Japanese torpedoes 15 September 1942

The Battle of Guadalcanal, the first major offensive against Japan by Allied forces in the Second World War, finally ended on 9 February 1943.

Six months earlier on 7 August 1942 predominantly American forces landed on the islands of Guadalcanal, Tulagi and Florida in the southern Solomon Islands to try and protect vital supply and communication routes between the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. The Allied invasion quickly overpowered the Japanese forces on the islands and the Allies quickly captured Tulagi and Florida, along with a partially completed airfield on Guadalcanal that was renamed Henderson Field. Continue reading “Guadalcanal Campaign August 1942 to February 1943”